A Hunter’s Destiny

 

V VcoverEbookMEDKaren Blake-Hall creates memorable personalities in her novels, short stories and novellas. Feisty Molly Jackson’s appealing strength kicks the romantic suspense novel genre up a notch in You Are Mine while ‘the scary guy’ in Your Number is Up imparts a delicious paranormal tinge to her short story in the Nefarious North anthology.

Today I am interviewing one of her most exciting characters yet, Hunter, from the short story Destiny in Villainous Vacations, A Collection of Crime Stories. Hunter is at a holiday celebration.

“Tell me why you went to the party?”

“Ted and I were in the forces together. He’d never get off my back if I didn’t show up, but the truth is I didn’t want to go. Never liked celebrating the holidays. Too much family drama.

“Your family has a lot of drama?”

‘No.” Shaking his head, he continued. “I don’t have a family. Right now I’m a lone wolf kind of guy.”

“What did you think of Destiny when you first met?”

“Wow. She smart, funny and great looking. She gets me. You know, on my most basic level. On a scale from one to ten she’s definitely a fifteen.”

“Do you believe in love at first sight?”

“I do now.”

“What do you like most about her?”

Hunter smiles, as he looks me in the eye. “She has an Irish Wolfhound. What’s not to like?”

“Describe her in one word?”

“I can do it in two words. My Destiny.”

“Now for our fast round of questions. Say the first word that comes into your head.”

“Fruit or Chocolate?”

“Chocolate.”

“Coffee or Tea?”

“Coffee.”

“Go to the movies or watch TV?”

“Snuggle at home and watch TV or movies. Destiny and Barker the dog will love to do that.”

“Thanks for being here today Hunter.”

“You’re welcome.”

 

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MYSTERY, MURDER AND MAYHEM. Why settle for one nefarious crime when you can have eleven?

If you like spine-chilling tales of felony, villainy and scandal, with shocking twists and thrilling turns, then you will love this new collection of edge-of-your-seat crime stories guaranteed to make you flinch.

You will not be able to put “Villainous Vacations” down. Or fall asleep after reading these gripping stories.

Re-connect with familiar authors and find new favourites in this delicious collection.

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Karen Blake-Hall bio

Karen’s sharp-bladed fiction cuts to the heart of the emotions driving her characters in desperate situations. When she’s not crafting thrilling romantic suspense stories, she can be found drinking tea with friends, crocheting or making jewelry.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, Toronto Romance Writers, Crime Writers of Canada, and Writing Community of Durham Region.

Please visit her at:
Website: http://www.karenblake-hall.com
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Vacations with a Twist

Villainous Vacations is that rare beach read, one that makes you laugh and shiver almost at the same time.  From lonely werewolves finding love to high school hellions wreaking havoc on each other, plus a fillip of time travel, there is something for everyone in this riveting collection.

I’m super proud to be part of this very shady summer collection with such talented authors. Join us  for our book launch, at Sleuth of Baker Street,  907 Millwood Rd. ,  Toronto’s premiere mystery and suspense store,  Sunday, June 12 between 2 and 4 p.m.

We hope to see you all on Sunday, June 12  but if you can’t wait for a taste of  Villainous Vacations it is  available for pre-order right now at:

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Bony Blithe 2016 Awards Finalists

Thrilled to attend the 2016 Bony Blithe awards for lightmysteries today. Finalists are 

 

Victoria Abbott, The Marsh Madness (Berkley Prime Crime)

Elizabeth J. Duncan, Untimely Death (Crooked Lane Books)

Eva Gates, Booked for Trouble (NAL)

Victoria Hamilton, White Colander Crime (Berkley Prime Crime)

Alexis Koetting, Encore (Five Star)

Police Procedurals 3 – Investigative Techniques

RCMP Sgt. Patrice Poitevin likes some television police shows − Law and Order Special Victims Unit − for example. But he especially like to help writers get things straight.
It is important to describe the right procedures in order to create believable stories, he says, and it is the intersection between science and “the human factor” that gives writers the opportunity to build suspense. “The Science factor is accurate, the problem is with the human factor, pressure from bosses or the public to find the culprit.”
And by the way nothing moves as fast as it does on television. “To get tax records you need a warrant, a production order etc. You can’t get it automatically. Warrants that took one page years ago now take fifty pages.”
If an officer happens on a crime in commission, the suspect can be secured and the police can get a warrant to search the place. “You can seize what is in plain sight” but not search drawers etc. without a warrant.
Police chases make good TV but are not that common, he said at the AD Astra Conference in Toronto in April. Strict rules govern the police’s treatment of suspects. Suspects have a right to a lawyer and must be treated fairly. Violating a person’s rights can result in evidence being thrown out at trial as fruit of the poisoned tree. During interrogations, interviewers try first to build rapport with their suspect. All interrogations are videotaped.

From Cop Stories to Holiday Mayhem

V VcoverEbookMEDHoliday Mayhem? Make that Villainous Vacations the new anthology I am proud to be in. Publisher Karen Dryden (2012’s Nefarious North) is back with a 2016 collection sure to please everyone. From horror to horses, shape-shifting to high school madness,  romantic frissons and thrilling suspense, these tale will delight and intrigue.  For this fun collection I abandoned my Police Procedural hat for a nail-biting tale about a girl on beach. Psst.  Book Launch Sunday, June 12 at 2 p. m. at Sleuth of Baker Street, Toronto. Everyone welcome.

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Tomorrow  I will be back with my third article on police procedurals.

 

 

 

 

A Cop’s Tips on Police Procedurals – 1

Police Procedurals − think Inspector Banks or John Rebus or books by Henning Mankell − focus on crime, investigation and verdicts. They are one of the most popular genres of genre fiction with readers and writers.

RCMP Sergeant Patrice Poitevin shared his expertise after 32 years on the force at the Ad Astra SciFi and Fantasy Conference last weekend. For those who couldn’t be there, some tips from his Police Procedural 101.

  1. Accuracy brings your story to life. Get the details right. Don’t do anything to pull your reader from the story.  Sgt. Poitevin takes a personal interest. His wife Linda Poitevin writes a paranormal detective series as well as romance novels.
  2. Forensic Science, including DNA, can be the key to proving guilt or innocence.  Chain of custody is important. Evidence gathered at the crime scene must be carefully managed to prevent contamination. That’s why you see the forensics unit in full body covering. Extraneous visitors including bigwigs are kept away by whoever is running the scene who could be the cop on patrol who found the crime.
  3. The CSI Effect drives real detectives crazy. “It doesn’t happen as fast as on CSI. It doesn’t happen in an hour.” Juries expect things to be as simple as on TV. “ DNA sequencing takes 48-72 hours. They have to grow it in the lab to test sufficiently.”And though big police force in major centres have their own labs others rely on Ontario’s Centre of Forensic Sciences lab in Toronto. The forensic material backs up the giving of evidence in court. The CSI Effect − that cases get solved in an hour − can affect the jury’s perception of the case put forward, and the evidence.
  4. Basic police work – asking questions – is critical. Without that, the scientific evidence is no help.

Tomorrow − Investigative Techniques

 

 

Police Procedurals 2, Weapons, Cop Talk

Police Procedurals −2 Weapons,  Cop Talk and Five Inch Heels

From the Police Procedural panel at Ad Astra Sci-Fi and Fantasy Conference in Toronto last week, here are more of RCMP Sgt. Pat Poitevin’s tips.

Weapons

  • Make sure you choose the right ones. Ask the force you are dealing with. The RCMP uses Smith and Wesson, another force might have Glocks. Find out.

Cop Talk

  • A good way to build reality into your characters is to have your cops make jokes. Sgt. Poitevin says cops have a wicked, twisted sense of humour. They use colourful language to blow off steam from the distressing scenes they have witnessed. They make jokes to handle stress. One way to make your story real is to have your characters get in some sarcastic humour.

Clothing

  • Investigators dress in appropriate business attire. They are professionals.And no, female investigators do not wear five inch heels to run after a suspect. Men will be in suits, women in suits or other business-casual clothes.